A state senator says it takes time to become an effective legislator and one more term might just well do the trick.
Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege sponsors a constitutional amendment, LR 358CA, that changes only one word in the state constitution. It would replace two with three, allowing state senators to serve three consecutive, four-year terms in the Unicameral. The Nebraska Constitution limits senators to two consecutive terms in the legislature.
Carlson, who is in his second term in the legislature, argues the extra term would make a big difference. He says senators now are forced to leave the body just as they are starting to understand the legislative process.
“But there is so much to learn in the way of procedures, introducing a bill, following it through, the hearing process, counting votes and being effective in that regard,” according to Carlson. “And then, the other part of it is, getting a hand on issues that come before the legislature and that’s a never-ending task, but it takes time.”
If approved by the Unicameral, the measure would go to a vote of the people in the November elections.
Tyson Havranek, KHAS, contributed to this report